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Historic train depot is getting a facelift one phase at a time

August 25, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • The old train depot owned by the Town of Bath is a being rehabilitated. The roof tiles have been removed and are stored inside the building in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Rehabilitating the historic Train Depot is a work in progress.

Nearly all of the $65,000 in funding received so far has been used to remove and store the roof tiles, according to Town of Bath Councilman Ryan Rebant, who is in charge of the rehabilitation project.

"All the tiles are off and stored inside," he said Wednesday.

The building on the corner of Washington and Williams streets is listed on the National Historic Register. The West Virginia Preservation Alliance placed it on the endangered properties list early this year, Rebant said.

He said as more funding is obtained, the train depot work will be done in phases, such as tearing off the old rotted roof sheathing and gutters, and replacing the roof sheathing and rotted support beams. A water and ice shield needs to be reinstalled, and the unbroken tiles will need to be reinstalled and the broken ones replaced.

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"We have the first phase done on the train depot roof, but we have a long ways to go," Rebant said.

The depot is owned by the Town of Bath. It was deeded to the town by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1963 for $1,000, Rebant has said.

Built in 1914 by the B&O Railroad to replace a smaller station, the passenger train brought people and goods to the town until 1935 when passenger service was discontinued, Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said previously.

The estimated cost for rehabilitation of the entire building could be about $500,000, Rebant had said.

"More funds are needed," he said.

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